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US announces USD 170 mln in humanitarian aid to "vulnerable people" in Burma, Bangladesh

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (KUNA) -- The US announced Thursday over USD 170 million in additional humanitarian assistance for "vulnerable populations" in Burma and Bangladesh.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) said in a statement that with this new funding, the US will provide "food and nutrition assistance, health care, shelter, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene support, protection for the most vulnerable and other critical support for relief operations in Burma and Bangladesh." It added that this support includes "assistance to Rohingya refugees sheltering in camps and affected host communities in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar District, as well as internally displaced persons across Burma affected by ongoing violence." "The United States remains committed to delivering assistance to crisis-affected communities in Burma and Bangladesh, but much more is needed," it stressed. "We urge other donors to join us in providing additional assistance to vulnerable populations in both countries." This additional funding brings the total US humanitarian assistance for these populations to nearly USD 1.9 billion since it began in August 2017. (end) si.mb